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Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post’s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.

Here’s what’s affecting my small business, my clients and other entrepreneurs today.


  • A House GOP leader distances herself from Speaker Boehner.
  • How the Washington Post ended up on K street.

The Economy

The Elections





  • A fake Walmart employee walks out of a store with a few big-screen TVs.

Sales and Marketing


  • The top five tax traps small business owners need to avoid.


  • A new Google Street View app now lets you add your own 360-degree photos.
  • Why it’s almost impossible to tell realistic threats from headline trends.


  • A “Fitbit for drivers” start-up lands a big auto insurance partner.
  • A start-up backed by Uber’s co-founder wants to make sure its customers don’t have to pump gas again.


  • CVS says its ban on cigarettes has reduced smoking.


  • While some may view living part time with an elderly parent as an obligation, one entrepreneur feels it provides a creative respite.


Around the Country

  • Almost half of the homes in New York City and D.C. are now losing value.
  • Iowa City plans to spend thousands on fitness trackers for its employees.
  • Memphis, Tennessee business owners can earn $25,000 grants to beautify and revive their neighborhoods.
  • An Idaho Falls business owner remains positive after two joyriding teens smashed into his building.
  • The Rotary Clubs of Central and Southeast Ohio are seeking nominees for their 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Award.
  • Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants are being accused of price fixing.

Around the World

  • Facebook is named the UK’s best employer.
  • Pope Francis visits a shop on Rome’s Via del Babuino to try new glasses.
  • The Russian economy is in dire straits as China’s demand for oil and gas slows.

Gene Marks owns the Marks Group,  a Bala Cynwyd  PA  consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Follow Gene Marks and On Small Business on Twitter.

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